EXTREME SUMMER HEAT
Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »
Zabriskie Point to close for repairs
Starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding area will be closed for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls and improve conditions.
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park September 28
Death Valley, CA--Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 for National Public Lands Day. The 20th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
"National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America's open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn."
The National Park Service will offer free entrance to all national parks on Sept. 28. Other Federal agencies offering free admittance on Sept. 28 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Death Valley National Park and the rest of the National Park Service will also waive entrance fees Nov. 9-11, 2013 in commemoration of Veterans Day.
Only entrance fees will be waived. Camping fees and expanded amenity fees, such as Scotty's Castle tour tickets, will still apply.
Park staff reminds people spending sustained periods of time outdoors to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Mornings are cooler in Death Valley and high elevations offer respite from higher afternoon temperatures. For more information about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/deva.
For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/.
Did You Know?
The salt pan on the floor of Death Valley covers more than 200 square miles. It is 40 miles long and more than 5 miles wide.